Pierre Clostermann, French World War II ace, aviation executive, author and politician, died on March 22 in France. He was 85. Clostermann joined UK-based French Free Forces in 1942 and flew Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Tempests during the war. After the war, he wrote a book on his combat duty and served as a member of the French parliament from 1946 to 1969. He later served as CEO of Reims Aviation and a v-p of Cessna.
Aviation International News » May 2006
The National Aviation Hall of Fame named the American Society of Aviation Artists as the recipient of its 2006 Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award. The award recognizes groups or organizations that have made contributions to the aviation industry.
Dan Colussy was named interim CEO of Bethesda, Md.-based Iridium Satellite, replacing Carmen Lloyd, who retired. Colussy is a founding investor and former CEO of Iridium Satellite and chairman of Iridium Holdings.
Columbus, Ohio-based Aircraft Logs.com named Eric Roy executive v-p of AirNet systems.
Increasing demand for private aircraft charter in the Arabian Gulf states is drawing new operators into the market, and many of these firms are based in the region’s commercial hub, Dubai.
— Congress returned from a 10-day break over St. Patrick’s Day but scheduled another recess in mid-April for Easter. Looking ahead, Congress anticipates shutting down shop in October in preparation for the November elections. Time is running out fairly rapidly for the 109th Congress, and it appears that the second session will meet fewer than 130 days.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) is praising the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for approving an amendment that protects safety information from inappropriate use.
At issue is the use of safety information in legal proceedings against operational personnel. The FSF led the charge to push ICAO to amend Annex 13–Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation.
Testifying before the House aviation subcommittee on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), FAA associate administrator for aviation safety Nick Sabatini called UAVs “the next great step forward in the evolution of aviation.” But he warned they must have numerous redundancies in case of loss of link and system failures.
Eurocopter AS 350-B2 AStar, Jasper, Ala., Dec. 22, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain a visual lookout and proper altitude clearance during a low-level flight.
Bombardier Challenger 600, Snow Hill, Va., July 21, 2004–According to the NTSB, excessive maneuvering was the cause of an incident that resulted in a flight attendant’s falling and breaking her ankle. Following a traffic advisory from the Challenger’s traffic alert and collision avoidance system and an aural resolution advisory warning to climb, the copilot turned off the autopilot and started to climb at 1,500 fpm.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Philadelphia, Nov. 30, 2004–The cause of the collision was “the failure of the ground controller to coordinate the runway crossing of a maintenance tug with the local controller,” the Safety Board concluded. The ground controller cleared the Epps Air Service MU-2 to taxi to Runway 35 and a minute later cleared a maintenance tug towing an MD-80 to taxi from the same ramp to the far side of Runway 35.
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